4 Wellness Habits That Help Fight Obesity

 

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4 Wellness Habits That Help Fight Obesity

Just as there are many factors that lead to obesity, you can’t fight obesity with only one solution. Exercise and eating a balanced diet are essential, but you won’t see results if you don’t care for your whole self, body and mind. To really see results and feel better overall, your goal should be to make wellness-focused choices in all aspects of life, and make them part of your daily routine.

#1 Make Your Workout Routine Enjoyable
You know that exercise is an absolute must, but staying committed to a fitness routine is easier said than done. No matter how big your reasons are for wanting to get fit, it’s hard to stay motivated if you’re trying to make yourself stick to doing exercise you don’t enjoy. Find your motivation by discovering what kind of activities you actually want to do. The best way to do this is to vary your routine and try new things. NBC News recommends using a tool called an Exercise-induced Feeling Inventory (EFI). After each workout, you rate how you feel based on 12 measures. Doing this self-assessment can help you get a clear picture of exactly how each workout makes you feel so you can spend your time doing more of what feels rewarding to you.

#2 Make Good Nutrition a Way of Life
Eating a balanced diet is right up there with exercise in terms of importance for weight loss, yet it’s something many of us still struggle with. Part of what makes this hard is thinking of your efforts as “dieting,” which makes you feel like you’re depriving yourself. Instead, work on adopting better eating habits as a long-term strategy. Habits such as eating the rainbow, trying new foods, and cooking at home are all about what you’re adding, not what you’re taking away. Be mindful of how you eat too and not just what you eat, such as controlling portions and taking time to enjoy meals. Developing these habits for a balanced diet isn’t a quick fix. It takes time and effort, but once these choices become routine, it will get easier as eating right becomes a way of life.

#3 Care for Your Mental Health
Obesity and mental health disorders often go hand-in-hand, creating a negative cycle where one condition perpetuates the other. U.S. News describes how many people decide to diet and exercise with the goal of “fixing” themselves. Focusing on what you view as flaws is a destructive way of thinking, and having this negative attitude about yourself can actually make it harder to lose weight.

If you have these feelings, or any other mental health problems including anxiety or depression, getting help for these issues is essential. Not only will you have a better outlook on life, but you will also have a more positive attitude about your progress toward healthier living. One way to maintain this positive attitude is to use techniques that don’t involve a scale to track your progress. Take stock of how you feel physically, perhaps with a fitness diary. Once you become more aware of your body, you will notice your strength and endurance increasing, better mobility, decreased stress and improvement in sleep quality. Use these achievements to fuel your continued progress, rather than focusing on a number on the scale.

#4 Don’t Forget to Rest
This tip may be last, but it certainly isn’t the least important. In fact, all of your wellness goals depend on getting enough rest. Sleep is our body’s way of recharging in order to have energy for a new day, and without it, you simply can’t stick to a fitness routine or take the time to prepare healthy meals. Getting enough rest also helps you burn more calories and lose fat, so it is actually necessary to make the most of your hard work at the gym.

Fighting obesity isn’t simple, and it doesn’t have a simple solution. Creating an overall healthy lifestyle takes a little more work than just dieting or exercising. It takes dedication to make these healthy choices become habits, but once you do, you will see and feel the results.

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Dana Brown of Health Conditions

dana@healthconditions.info

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